Brentano String Quartet and Dawn Upshaw

Dido Reimagined

October 01, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 22/23 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

A rethinking of Purcell's beloved opera that takes us into the inner psyche of the proud Queen of Carthage. Co-commissioned by the Hop.

22/23 Hop Presents

The Brentano String Quartet brings the doomed love story to life, starting the first half of the program with a contrasting, yet complimentary, mix of early English works for consort of viols and songs. The result is a luminous intimacy, beautifully private that the audience feels the privilege of eavesdropping on an undefended and vulnerable expression. And the culmination is Dido's famous lament, the intensely intimate plea confessed to a friend, as she relinquishes her hold on life.

The second half, co-commissioned by the Hop, sees Pulitzer-winning composer Melinda Wagner and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann breathe new life into Dido. They imagine her psyche, her vulnerability and her strength. Dawn Upshaw becomes Dido and explores Dido's raw honesty, allowing us to probe into the emotional richness inherent in her predicament.

Don't miss a pre-show talk with the artists at 6:15 pm in Top of the Hop.

Generously supported by the Marion and Frederick B. Whittemore '53, T'54 Distinguished Artist Series Fund, the Frank L. Harrington 1924 Fund No. 3, the Aires Family Fund for the Performing Arts and Linda and Frederick A. Roesch '60, T'61, P'88, P'90.

“luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism.”

The New York Times on the Brentano String Quartet

“Passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding”

The London Independent on the Brentano String Quartet
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